American Library Assn. takes up resolutions in support of WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning

Report: American Library Assn. Takes Up Resolutions in Support of WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning
Friday, June 24, 2011
By Susan Jones

( – At its annual convention in New Orleans, the American Library Association is expected to vote on a resolution calling on the U.S. military to release Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking more than 250,000 classified diplomatic memos to Wikileaks, Fox News reported.

The ALA resolution reportedly compares Manning’s leak to the “courageous action” of Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of U.S. government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers. Ellsberg himself is scheduled to give a presentation at the ALA conference on Sunday afternoon.

Fox News reported that resolution is based on the American Library Association’s strong support for “the principle of government accountability and the protection of whistleblowers.”

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